• Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe
  • Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14 March 2010 till 7 June 2010

In this rare artistic collaboration, the photographer Miles Aldridge invited contemporary painter Chantal Joffe to explore the theme of ‘the artist and model’. The resulting works in colour and black and white photographs, ink and pencil drawings and paintings in watercolour and oils create a fascinatingly obsessive and emotional study of one woman: the model Kristen McMenamy.

An impression of the opening: Kristen, As Seen by Miles Aldridge & Chantal Joffe from Dutch J den Hollander on Vimeo.

Aldridge is well known for high-gloss, high-drama images of women captured in pop colours. His work featured in the recent “Weird Beauty” Exhibition at The International Centre of Photography in New York, while his two 2009 solo in London and New York were heralded in international publications ranging from The New York Times to Art Review:

“In his acid-coloured images of lascivious lips, impossibly glossed models and hallucinogenic still lifes, photographer Miles Aldridge is plainly heir to some of the twentieth century’s enduring pop culture visionaries.” Art Review, April 2009

For this latest project Aldridge set out to create a study of one woman scrutinised by various media – the mechanical precision of the camera versus the painter’s expressive brushstrokes. “I wanted a friction between the textures of painting, pencil and photography. I was excited by how that could look on a gallery wall,” says Aldridge.

He immediately thought of London-based artist Chantal Joffe. “She uses paint properly and gives you that gory, painterly texture that I love – drippy, splattered and quite violent.” In contrast to Aldridge’s vision of women, Joffe’s portraits offer an emotional, deeply human response to her subjects. In the introduction to the catalogue of her 2008 exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, Neal Brown wrote:

Joffe has a ‘disorder’ in the sense that, working within the often anti-intuitive context of contemporary art, she not only seeks the truth of human emotions, but does so with unfashionable compassion and humanity. Diligently, thoughtfully, she attends to the one thing that is of most visual interest to human beings and their visual artists: the face – or, perhaps we should say, to the emotions and feelings as the face reveals and expresses them.

Aldridge and Joffe worked in tandem in Joffe’s East London studio, taking turns to lead and follow. While Joffe favoured softer, more traditional life-model positions, Aldridge encouraged Kristen to adopt a more erotic stance, characteristic of the photographic style for which he is famous.

Joffe’s expressive works in oils and watercolours, which frequently drip, smudge and blur, capture Kristen at ease, in the contemplative mode of a life-model relaxing into a long pose; the accompanying black and white images taken by Aldridge during those sessions pay homage to that naturalism.

Aldridge’s colour images of Kristen are highly charged – the artist’s model turned femme fatale. Acid yellow and lurid violet replace the softer sorbet tones of Joffe’s palette. The spiky immediate graphic works drawn by Joffe record that intensity of mood.

The 25 photographs by Aldridge and 15 works by Joffe on display create a remarkable and emotional document of one woman.

This is their first project together which has it’s premiere at
Galerie Alex Daniels in Amsterdam. The openings reception will be on March 13th from 5 – 7 pm. The exhibition will run through June 7 th.

For this exhibition a new book has been published by Reflex Editions Amsterdam : “Kristen”, 64 pages, full colour, as well as a limited edition with prints by Chantal Joffe and photographs by Miles Aldridge (Edition of 60).

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

22-09-2017 till 24-09-2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

16-09-2017 till 11-11-2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008